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2017 BMW M3 Price & Specifications

 

Overview
For the latest M3, BMW continues to follow the successful formula it established with the sedan’s well-respected predecessors: start with the standard 3 Series and add more power, a more dexterous chassis and special styling. Of course, there’s a few new wrinkles this time around, as the M3 incorporates a host of new high-tech features and lightweight components.

In place of the characterful but thirsty 4.0-liter V8 in the last-gen model is a downsized 3.0-liter inline-six that relies on twin turbochargers to produce 425 horsepower and 406 lb-ft of torque from just 1,850 rpm all the way to 5,500 rpm. Those figures represent gains of 11 ponies and, more importantly, 111 lb-ft of twist compared to the old eight, with peak torque arriving 2,050 rpm earlier.

Transmission options include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The standard-equipment stick shift features a rev-matched downshift function and helps the sedan to accelerate from zero-to-60 mph in a claimed 4.1 seconds, while the seven-speed dual-clutch boasts launch control and a slightly quicker sprint time of 3.9 seconds. Also part of the septa-cog’s bag of tricks is a “Stability Clutch Control” function that opens one of the clutches in order to quell understeer.

Fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway with the manual, while the dual-clutch is good for 17/24 mpg.

Upgraded M compound brakes on all four corners and a stiffened, track-tuned suspension keep M3’s newfound power in check. As expected, hydraulic-assist steering gives way to a new, more efficient electric-assist setup with three different effort modes.

All M3s are equipped with an Active M Differential that keeps tabs on throttle inputs, the rotational speed of the wheels and the car’s yaw rates in order to maximize traction.

Thanks in part to the increased use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and aluminum in the body and suspension, the M3 is an impressive 176 lbs. lighter than before. Contributing to the weight loss are components like the six-speed manual (-26 lbs.), smaller engine (-22 lbs.) and carbon fiber roof (-11 lbs.).

Occupant Safety
All M3 sedans come standard with dual front, front side, front knee and full-length side curtain airbags, in addition to traction and stability control systems.

Lane departure warning, frontal collision warning and active blind spot detection can be spec’d as part of the Driver Assistance Plus package.

 

    • General

    • Body Style: Sedan
    • Size: Compact
    • Market Segment: Luxury
    • Weight: 3575 lbs
    • Exterior

    • Length: 184.6 in.
    • Width: 73.9 in.
    • Height: 56.1 in.
    • Wheelbase: 110.7 in.
    • Ground Clearance: 4.7 in.
    • Front Track: 62.2 in.
    • Rear Track: 63.1 in.
    • Weight Distribution: 51.6/48.4
    • Drag Coefficient: 0.34
    • Interior – General

    • Seats: 5
    • Passenger Volume: TBD
    • Cargo Volume: TBD
    • Cargo Volume (Seats Folded): TBD
    • Interior – Front Row

    • Volume: TBD
    • Leg Room: 42 in.
    • Head Room: 40.3 in.
    • Shoulder Room: 55.1 in.
    • Hip Room: TBD
    • Interior – Second Row

    • Volume: TBD
    • Leg Room: 35.1 in.
    • Head Room: 37.7 in.
    • Shoulder Room: 55.1 in.
    • Hip Room: TBD
    • Propulsion

    • Fuel Type: Gas
    • Engine Type: 3.0L I6
    • Power: 425 hp @ 5500-7300 rpm
    • Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 1850-5500 rpm
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Highway Fuel Economy: 26 mpg
    • City Fuel Economy: 17 mpg
    • Forced Induction: Turbocharger
    • Direct Injection: Yes
    • Chassis

    • Layout: Rear Wheel Drive
    • Front Suspension: Strut-Type
    • Rear Suspension: Multi-Link
    • Wheels

    • Front: 18″ Aluminum
    • Front Tires: 255/40
    • Rear: 18″ Aluminum
    • Rear Tires: 275/40

TOTAL PRICE: $64,000.00

 

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